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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems

1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,943 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Buick Regal engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 092016

Regal 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2003 Buick Regal. Consumer writes in regards to replacement parts not available to repair recall notice 15V-701.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 012016

Regal 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Buick Regal. Consumer writes in regards to drops of engine oil on exhaust manifold could cause an engine compartment fire recall notice. The consumer was informed the parts were not available.

- York, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 072016

Regal 6-cyl

  • 194,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. After driving the vehicle and parking, the driver noticed a burning odor. The driver lifted the hood and discovered flames coming from the engine compartment. The driver used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames. The fire department was called to the home. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 194,000. The consumer received a recall notice, regarding the possibility of an engine fire. Updated 01/19/16.

- Evan, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 122011

Regal 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,716 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle was overheating and would lose power without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where he was informed that the catalytic converter, idle air control valve and the manifold absolute pressure were defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. Updated 12/12/11 the consumer stated the exhaust manifold front and rear glowed reed hot. The engine temperature gauge was in the red. Coolant leaked from a hose near the engine and the engine began to emit blue smoke. The vehicle burned one quart of oil excessively. The battery, thermostat, front brakes, transmission oil filter and gasket were all replaced. Also, the driver rear window was inoperative, the windshield washer was sprayer did not work, the catalytic converter needed to be replaced and the heat/ac blower did not operate in all the settings. Updated 12/23/11

- Girard, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202009

Regal

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 08V118000, NHTSA action number EA07008 (engine and engine cooling). The failure occurred before the vehicle could be taken to the dealer. While driving 35 mph, the driver noticed smoke coming out of the dashboard. She pulled the vehicle over and it burst into flames seconds later. The fire department extinguished the fire, but they stated that the vehicle should not have caught fire so easily. The dealer stated that they were not responsible for the repairs. The contact believes that the manufacturer should assume responsibility. The current and failure mileages were 120,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

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